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Holiday’s Finest

As the temperature drops, the season is heating up. ASPEN Magazine is your go-to guide for the hottest events around town. From the uberglam like FREESTYLE! to the family friendly like 12 Days of Aspen, there is an event for everyone in the family.

2012 FREESTYLE co-chairs Karin Luter, Alison Pincus, AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, co-chairs Carolyn Powers and Amy Phelan at last year’s event.

FREESTYLE!
The après-ski event of the season, FREESTYLE!, benefits the Aspen Art Museum and is sure to wow with Champagne, caviar and a top-shelf bar at The St. Regis. Event highlights include the live auction, led by Phillips’ principal auctioneer Alexander Gilkes, a special performance by Grammy-nominated Rufus Wainwright and the fashion show by title sponsor Loro Piana. DETAILS Tickets from $200. Dec. 28, aspenartmusuem.org

Anderson Ranch Holiday Open House
Get a closer look at Anderson Ranch Arts Center through tons of activities, including children’s ornament decorating, gallery exhibits and a meet-and-greet with the artists who take up residency at the center. Grab the family and explore what to expect this season before a casual dinner at the Ranch Café. DETAILS Tickets $18. Dec. 17, andersonranch.org

World Snow Polo Championship
It’s like the classic spectator sport, but with an icy twist. The annual World Snow Polo Championship invites guests to not only curl up in heated tents to watch the game, but also to enjoy glam restaurant- and hotel-held events throughout the city; just don’t be surprised by all the celebs in attendance. DETAILS Dec. 19-20, aspensnowpolo.com

12 Days of Aspen
Get into the holiday spirit with a slew of free activities and family-friendly experiences to choose from downtown. 12 Days of Aspen offers something for everyone—from the kick off Ice Skating Party, featuring beats by DJ Trizz, to Make Your Own S’Mores with Santa’s Elves. Just don’t forget to grab some cookies and hot chocolate! DETAILS Dec. 20-31, aspenchamber.org

Steve Aoki
The Grammy nominated, electrohouse DJ, Steve Aoki—known for slinging cake and Champagne at his audiences—brings an unforgettable bassheavy party to Belly Up on Dec. 21. Attendees will be sure to get their rave on with hits like “Ladi Dadi” and “BRRRAT!” Just be warned, Aoki is known for his crowd-surfing antics. DETAILS Tickets from $90. bellyupaspen.com